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2 hrs ago | Blazers Edge

The Value of Wesley Matthews to the Portland Trail Blazers, Dual Centers, More

What price is too high for Wesley Matthews? Could the Blazers play Robin Lopez and Chris Kaman together? Could they take a big-gamble swing at improving the team this year? This and more in the Blazer's Edge Mailbag. Is Wesley Matthews' role as the 'team's heart' actually important if he gets a big free agency offer? How expensive is too expensive to keep him? Portland's defense went from spotty to decent last season.

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Related Topix: Sports, NBA Basketball, NBA Players, Wesley Matthews, Robin Lopez, Dorell Wright, LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard

Tue Sep 16, 2014

Blazers Edge

Roundtable: Where Does Damian Lillard Rank Among Point Guards?

Damian Lillard has skyrocketed into stardom in his first two years in the league. He's appeared in promos for Foot Locker , EA , Adidas , and is even the cover athlete for NBA Live 15 .

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Related Topix: Sports, NBA Basketball, Damian Lillard, NBA Players, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, Russell Westbrook, Nicolas Batum

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Nicolas Batum's Coming Out Party?

The Portland Trail Blazers acquired a young, lanky, athletic, Frenchman from the Houston Rockets in the 2008 NBA Draft. For the rights to the #25 pick of the first round the Blazers had to trade away the draft rights of Darrell Arthur and Joey Dorsey.

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Related Topix: Sports, NBA Basketball, Nicolas Batum, Summer Olympic, Olympics, Summer Olympics, Olympic Basketball, NBA Players, Damian Lillard, Pau Gasol

USA Today

Watchability: Don't miss KG's (likely) last stand

Lionel Hollins steps in for Jason Kidd and gets to coach the NBA's most expensive roster as the Nets come in at No. 22 in our NBA Watchability Rankings.

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Related Topix: Sports, NBA Basketball, New Jersey Nets, NBA Players, Bojan Bogdanovic

Blazers Edge

The trials of Greg Oden

Eventually, his days would often require working with Oden through counseling for depression. There were times when Portland's basketball staff went through counseling to better help Oden benefit from his own sessions.

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Rip City Project

Chris Kaman's offense to revitalize bench, aid teammates

Apr 1, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum and center Robin Lopez guard Los Angeles Lakers center Chris Kaman during the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports With the addition of Chris Kaman in free agency, the Portland Trail Blazers made an obvious effort to shore up their bench for the upcoming season.

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Related Topix: Sports, NBA Basketball, Chris Kaman, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA Players, Robin Lopez, Thomas Robinson, Nicolas Batum

Rip City Project

Nicolas Batum receives All-Tournament honors [video highlights]

Oct 20, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum watches as the Sacramento Kings shoots a free throw in the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports Nicolas Batum was one of five players in the 2014 FIBA World Cup to be named to the All-Tournament team .

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Related Topix: Sports, NBA Basketball, Nicolas Batum, Summer Olympic, Olympics, NBA Players, Summer Olympics, Olympic Basketball, Pau Gasol

Mon Sep 15, 2014

Blazers Edge

The Portland Trail Blazers and RipCityTwo.com are hosting the inaugural Rippy Awards

The Rippys are a series of awards nominated and voted on by Trail Blazers fans. They celebrate the Players, Plays, People and Places of the past season.

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Blazers Edge

Damian Lillard vs. Carmello Anthony

Alright fellow Blazer fans, it is semi-final time in the one-on-one tourney being held on sister site 'Pounding the Rock'. In the tourney, winners are decided by public votes, and Lillard is facing Anthony in the semi-final.

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The Oregonian

Portland Trail Blazers' D-League options will start with Fort Wayne Mad Ants

If the Portland Trail Blazers want to assign players to the NBA Development League in the upcoming season, they might be sent to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in Indiana. Or, they might be sent elsewhere.

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BleacherReport

Breaking Down Portland Trail Blazers Center Position for 2014-15 Season

It was largely to do with inexperience and a lack of development, with a youthful rotation of Thomas Robinson, Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland backing up the starters. The center position was no doubt the weakest part of the team last year, but the addition of Chris Kaman in free agency gives Portland a much stronger rotation down low.

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Related Topix: Sports, NBA Basketball, Chris Kaman, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA Players, LaMarcus Aldridge, Meyers Leonard, Joel Freeland

Rip City Project

Trail Blazers' unique foul makeup suggests systemic problem

Mar 20, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard talks with guard Mo Williams during a stoppage in play against the Washington Wizards in the second half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports The Portland Trail Blazers were a middle of the road defensive team as a whole last season, but with the exception of Wesley Matthews , their most prominent guards stood out as being distinctly below average.

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Related Topix: Sports, NBA Basketball, Damian Lillard, NBA Players, Mo Williams, Golden State Warriors, Steve Blake, Joel Freeland, Robin Lopez

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Blazers Edge

Why the NBA's New TV Deal with ESPN and TNT Won't Affect the Trail Blazers

Two billion dollars is a lot of money for a new NBA television deal. How much will the Trail Blazers get to spend and how will that affect their ability to improve the team? There have been whisperings about the league's impending new TV contract for many months now.

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Related Topix: Sports, NBA Basketball, Chris Kaman, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA Players

Pippen Ain't Easy

Chicago Bulls Trade Talk: Worst Five Trades-#2

May 14, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge shoots the ball over San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan in game five of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. The Spurs won 104-82.

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Related Topix: Sports, NBA Basketball, Chicago Bulls, Carlos Boozer, NBA Players, Doug McDermott, Scottie Pippen

Rip City Project

Nicolas Batum's scoring outbursts indicate star potential

Mar 1, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Wesley Matthews and small forward Nicolas Batum talk between plays against the Denver Nuggets in the second half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports After struggling to find his shooting stroke and offensive game in the first seven games of the FIBA World Cup.

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Related Topix: Sports, NBA Basketball, Nicolas Batum, NBA Players, LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Examiner.com

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen goes to war over Nazi tank

Microsoft co-founder and owner of the Seattle Seahawks, Portland Trail Blazers, etc., Paul Allen has entered into a war over a 1944 Panzer IV tank he says was bought at auction for $2.5 million for his Flying Heritage Collection by Vulcan Warbirds this past July, but was never to his museum in Everett,WA. The problem is that the Collings Foundation of Stow, MA, which originally received it as a part of a donation from the estate of Jacques M. Littlefield around that time denies that it ever sold the tank in the first place.

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Blazers Edge

Nicolas Batum Scores 27, France Beats Lithuania For FIBA Bronze Medal

Nicolas Batum scored 27 points with 3 rebounds and 3 steals, and the San Antonio Spurs ' Boris Diaw added 15 points and 4 assists, and Team France beat Lithuania for their first FIBA Bronze Medal. The teams were locked in a close game all night, with Lithuania leading by 7 after three quarters.

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Related Topix: Sports, NBA Basketball, San Antonio Spurs, NBA Players, Boris Diaw

BleacherReport

Lithuania vs. France: 2014 FIBA 3rd Place Game Live Stream and Preview

For Lithuania and France, the journey is far from over at the 2014 FIBA World Cup after losses in the semifinals. Saturday, the two sides will meet in the 3rd Place Game for one final fleeting shot at glory on the international stage before the United States takes on Serbia in the final.

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Related Topix: Sports, Toronto Raptors, NBA Basketball, Jonas Valanciunas, NBA Players, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic

Rip City Project

Thomas Robinson injury update: Full contact clearance imminent

Apr 11, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Thomas Robinson warms up prior to the game against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports In a brief interview with Trail Blazers Beat Writer Casey Holdahl, Thomas Robinson revealed that his surgically repaired thumb is healing well and that he will be ready for training camp at the end of the month.

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Related Topix: Sports, NBA Basketball, NBA Players, Thomas Robinson

Sun-Star

NBA inspires kids

MESMERIZED. Robin Lopez of the Portland Trail Blazers talks to the school kids of Compostela, whom they visited yesterday as part of the NBA Cares outreach program.

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Related Topix: Sports, NBA Basketball, NBA Players, Robin Lopez, Wesley Matthews

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